The Russian domestic airline S7 Airlines is to
join the airline alliance, oneworld.
After being elected on board by the
grouping's existing ten member airlines, S7 will become part of
oneworld, offering the alliance's full range of services, benefits
and fares during 2010 and linking oneworld to one of the most
extensive networks covering Russia and the Commonwealth of
S7 serves 72 destinations worldwide.
addition to the alliance will add 54 cities to the oneworld map -
35 of them in Russia, and bring eight countries onto the
alliance's network - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
S7 will expand the alliance's network to nearly 750 destinations
in almost 150 countries, served by a combined fleet of 2,300
aircraft operating almost 8,500 flights a day, carrying more than
330 million passengers a year.
S7 also prides itself as
being one of the first carriers in Russia to convert to an all
Western-built Airbus and Boeing fleet and the first to adopt full
electronic ticketing and on-line reservations and sales.
While it begins its 18-month alliance implementation programme
with the support of British Airways as its oneworld sponsor, it
will take its first step by adding its network to the Global
Explorer round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld member
airlines and selected carriers that are not part of the alliance,
from June 1, 2009.
Partner John McCulloch said, "S7 fills one of oneworld's few
remaining membership ‘white spaces' with a carrier that matches
our alliance's demanding quality requirements. It will expand
oneworld's presence substantially in Russia and the Commonwealth
of Independent States, while enabling S7 to offer its customers a
truly global network on quality partners. We are delighted to
welcome them to the oneworld alliance."
S7 Chief Executive
Vladimir Obyedkov added, "Becoming part
of oneworld is one of the most significant steps in S7's history.
It will enable us to offer our customers a truly global network
served by partners who include some of the best known and most
admired airlines in the world, while our frequent flyers will have
more opportunities to earn and redeem mileage rewards and enjoy
all their other benefits. It will also strengthen us financially,
through revenues from passengers transferring to our network from
our oneworld partners and the cost reduction opportunities the
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